YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea -- Playing a pivotal role in keeping the garrison safe, Korean National Police take charge of the boundaries of the post by patrolling and guarding them. The KNPs were given a unique opportunity to see the inside of what they guard here, April 23.

In appreciation of KNP's officers vigilant security of Yongsan garrison, more than 100 Korean policemen were invited to a base tour.

At the beginning of the tour, Col. Michael E. Masley, garrison commander for USAG Yongsan, weclomed them and presented a certificate of appreciation to five remarkable policemen who worked hard to ensure the safety of Yongsan.

"I am honored to speak with you and welcome you to U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan," Masley said. "Saying thank you alone will never truly show my true appreciation for the remarkable job you perform. You not only protect the Yongsan military community, but also protect the alliance between our nations and the friendship between our people. You will always be part of this strong and resilient military community. That means standing together. That means working together. And that means overcoming any challenge together."

Woo Jong-soo, chief of Yongsan police, expressed his appreciation for the invitation and highlighted the importance of the ROK-US alliance and security of Yongsan garrison.

"After the Korean War, South Korea now is one of the most prosperous countries in the world, and the staunch alliance between Republic of Korea and the United States has been the foundation behind such sparkling development," Woo said. "Among many U.S. installations, Yongsan garrison is one of the most important because it serves as a home for many headquarters, such as the Combined Forces Command. I understand that our KNP has done an honorable job protecting the garrison, and it is meaningful because United States Forces Korea plays a critical role in the security of the Korean peninsula."

Masley expressed his intentions to integrate KNP more deeply into the community of Yongsan, and policemen appeared to support the idea by showing thumbs up.

Afterward, KNPs were given an ROK-US alliance briefing and on-post tour. To experience the life of Yongsan garrison, they then enjoyed lunch at Honor's café and watched a newly released American movie.

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